The 1st Board of Governors of the OPEN-C Foundation appoints Frédéric Moncany as its President and Bertrand Alessandrini as its CEO

Created on March 21, 2023, the OPEN-C Foundation, Europe's largest offshore testing center entirely dedicated to marine renewable energy (MRE), held its first board of governors meeting on April 18, 2023. On this occasion, Frédéric Moncany de Saint-Aignan was elected President of the Foundation's Board of Governors. On his proposal, the Board of Governors appointed Bertrand Alessandrini as the Foundation's CEO.

on April 19, 2023

Bertrand Alessandrini is recognized as one of the leading specialists in marine engineering. Engineer from Centrale Lyon (1989), doctor from Centrale Nantes (1993), qualified to supervise research (2007) and specialist in ocean engineering and numerical simulation, he began his career in a young start-up (Sirehna, 1990), before focusing fully on research.
After a stint at Berkeley (University of California) as a visiting researcher (2000), he moved to Nantes with the ambition of setting up and managing several research teams. In 2007, he created SEM-REV at Centrale Nantes, an offshore test site connected to the national grid, to test Marine Renewable Energy prototypes, including the first French offshore wind turbine, FLOATGEN (BW Idéol). At the same time, he created 3 startups based on his research work: Hydrocean, Innosea and NextFlow Software.

Recognized for his qualities, the researcher was appointed Director of Development at Centrale Nantes in 2012, where he coordinates the laboratories' development and innovation activities. Since 2020, Bertrand Alessandrini has been in charge of the national project for the structuring and development of offshore wind and marine renewable energy test sites, which he is currently overseeing under the OPEN-C Foundation. Bertrand Alessandrini is now in charge of structuring, developing and coordinating the 5 MRE test sites spread over the national coastline (i.e. approximately 400 M€ of projects over 10 years).

Bertrand Alessandrini
OPEN-C Foundation CEO

Frédéric Moncany de Saint Aignan
President of the OPEN-C Foundation's Board of Governors
According to Frédéric Moncany de Saint-Aignan, President of the OPEN-C Foundation and President of the French Maritime Cluster:
Provided with a Board of Governors and headed by a CEO who has carried this project from the original idea, the OPEN-C Foundation is now operational to carry out its main ambition, namely to contribute as a European leader to the energy transition through innovation and offshore testing in the fields of floating wind and Marine Renewable Energies. It is a great pride to be part of this new collective adventure that explores all the possibilities that the maritime field offers us.
Published on April 25, 2023 Updated on April 25, 2023